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Tottenham Hotspur: 5 Memorable Moments of the Martin Jol Era
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Younes Kaboul celebrates his last minute equaliser from the thrilling 4-4 draw with Aston Villa in October 2007, perhaps the last great moment of Martin Jol's tenure at Spurs.

Tottenham Hotspur's visit to Fulham this weekend marks the first time they have faced old manager Martin Jol since the Dutchman was sacked in October 2007.

Jol's departure was a bitter ending to what had on the whole been three of Spurs' most positive years in the Premier League era.

The assistant manager to Jacques Santini, Jol was appointed his replacement after the Frenchman resigned after a few short months in charge. It was an emotional time in the club's recent history with the passing of legendary manager Bill Nicholson coming shortly before Jol took over.

Far from being eased into things, Jol's first game in charge was a ridiculous and goal-stuffed 5-4 defeat to Arsenal in the north London derby.

Yet, the crazy nature of the derby was something of a cathartic experience which freed up the inhibitions of a side that had looked stale under Santini. Within weeks, an eight-game unbeaten run in the Premier League set Spurs up for its first genuine crack at a European place in years—an effort that ultimately fell short by a few points (Bolo Zenden dived to win a free-kick that saw rivals for a spot; Middlesbrough win the pivotal penultimate game 1-0).

But for the first in a while, Tottenham had some reasons to be cheerful—a mood that carried forth into the following two seasons as the club achieved two consecutive fifth-place finishes and enjoyed a memorable return to European competition.

Jol was undoubtedly a major reason for that as he assembled a squad full of young and exciting talent—the first in some time actually capable of slugging it out with rivals like Arsenal and Chelsea.

Time has passed since then, but there will likely always be a fondness at White Hart Lane for a man who made Tottenham Hotspur genuinely worth talking about again.

Here are five of the great moments of the Martin Jol era...

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